Monday, September 15, 2008

The Good [Handmade] Stuff: Nightsewing

You know the REM song, "Nightswimming....deserves a quiet night." Well, I've done my fair share of nightswimming, but my evening activities have changed significantly in the past 10 years. I tell myself I'm still my crazy ol' self, while I cut fabric and dig around for my seam ripper. "I'm still cool, I'm still cool" I repeat in my head. But, you know, embracing this whole domestic life in all its granny-in-the-rocking-chair glory is strangely satisfying. Sewing, knitting, cooking, baking, these are the skills of my grandmas and great-grandmas, and all the greats before them. Sitting in front of my sewing machine, making a baby quilt for my dear friend while my own baby sleeps away, feels like an almost ritualistic rite of passage for me, a pretty new mama myself. When I have the time to do it, I love making these little baby quilts for friends. They are adapted from this pattern. I always use fleece for the backing, because its so cozy and soft.

I have little patience with finding fabric at Joann's, although I know I should try. It's cheap and convenient, and I'm going to keep looking for cute stuff. But, for this quilt, I got fat quarters at Purl. I love the patterns and will happily use the scraps for some Christmas stockings.

ta da! I can't wait to see a little baby snuggled up in this one!

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